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Fagaceae Quercus vacciniifolia Kellogg

Sci. Opin. 3[63]: 52. 1870 [12 Jan 1870] (as "vaccinifolia")


California (Southwestern U.S.A., Northern America)

Remarks: Protologue: "Dr. Kellogg ... presented specimens of his huckleberry-leaf oak—(Quercus vaccinifolia, Kellogg), described many years since. The drawing of it, made at the time, was brought before the society again to verify its truthfulness to nature by comparison with specimen, and to correct an error, which by some mistake ascribes the name and description to Sir William Hooker. This had been considered by some as only a dwarfed form (Q. Chrysolepis), a tree often from 40 to 50 ft. high, and from 2 to 4 ft. in diameter, with very wide-spreading top, an evergreen, and very valuable tough timber-tree, quite equal to the live-oak of the Atlantic States for ship-building, whereas this is never more than from 2 to 4 ft. high. If the intermediate forms ever run into this, he claimed that they should also have fruit on them, which was never the case. If this is to be considered a mere variety, only dwarfed by locality, soil, or altitude, then by a parity of. reasoning the Garrya Buxifolia (Gray), which grows with it, should be considered only a dwarfed form of G. elliptica. Yet there is no one that would contend for this."

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